By Stanley Wabomba
German service provider for rent-to-own solar home systems is set to provide clean and reliable power to millions of Kenyans.
Mobisol Group has officially launched their first MobiShop in Kenya while simultaneously announcing their Kenyan partnership with battery and energy provider Chloride Exide Kenya Limited.
The new MobiShop in Kakamega County was officially opened on Sept 27th under the patronage of H.E. Mrs Jutta Frasch, the German Ambassador to Kenya, together with Kakamega County Deputy Governor H.E. Mr. Prof. Philip M. Kutima.
The ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official start of sales of Mobisol’s high-tech solar systems in Kenya. Concurrently, Mobisol has announced their Kenyan joint venture with energy provider Chloride Exide. Following speeches by guests of honour, the media and the general public had the opportunity to directly witness the functionality and positive impact of Mobisol’s innovative solar home systems.
Building on their success in Tanzania and Rwanda, Mobisol will now also provide reliable and affordable high-quality solar systems (80 to 200 Watt) and appliances to the Kenyan market.
The systems are capable of illuminating entire households with efficient LED bulbs and allow running of large 32“ flat-screen TVs, stereos, DC fridges, and further provide recharge capabilities for consumer appliances such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets. They additionally have the capacity to power smaller businesses such as barbershops, phone charging stations, restaurants or village cinemas – which truly distinguishes them from their Kenyan competitors.
The joint venture with Chloride Exide will ensure a rapid expansion of Mobisol operations throughout the country, since Mobisol is able to access the already established sales and distribution network of this trusted local partner in Kenya. Chloride Exide in turn accelerates the achieving of their mission to bring “Energy for All” by joining forces and providing reliable and efficient German-engineered solar technology to the Kenyan market.
The joint venture is further benefitted from Mobisol’s experience in solar service provision within Tanzania and Rwanda, where the company has affordably electrified over a quarter million people so far. It also strengthens the already existing supply partnership between Chloride Exide and Mobisol as since the beginning of this year, Mobisol has already being purchasing solar panels, Made in Kenya, from Chloride Exide´s affiliate Solinc.
Through the cooperation in Kenya, Mobisol will increase the sourcing volumes from Solinc, serving its Kenyan clients with high-quality Kenyan solar panels.
Mobisol and Chloride Exide have set themselves ambitious targets and the partners expect to provide access to clean and reliable solar power for 500,000 Kenyans by the end of 2018.
During the ceremony the German Ambassador to Kenya, Mrs Jutta Frasch said “Simple and affordable solar energy will improve the life of many Kenyans – especially in remote areas”.
Andy Pond, Managing Director of Mobisol Kenya, underlined her quote stating that “Through Mobisol, off-grid households in Kenya can finally afford solar systems that are of high quality and powerful enough to meet their entire households and business needs. For as little as KSH 59 per day, Kenyans can now enjoy a modern, comfortable lifestyle, improve their economic well-being and at the same time set new standards for worldwide sustainability.”